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What different implications do rhumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis have on exercise?

Updated: May 11, 2023

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA) are two different types of arthritis that have different implications on exercise.

RA is an autoimmune disease that causes joint inflammation and can affect multiple joints in the body. The inflammation can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints, which can make it difficult to perform certain exercises. People with RA may benefit from low-impact exercises, such as swimming or cycling, that put less stress on the joints. Range of motion exercises and gentle stretching can also help improve joint mobility and reduce stiffness.

On the other hand, OA is a degenerative joint disease that occurs when the cartilage in the joint breaks down, causing pain and stiffness. Unlike RA, OA typically affects only one joint or a few joints. People with OA may benefit from exercises that strengthen the muscles around the affected joint to help support and stabilize it. Low-impact exercises, such as walking or yoga, can also help improve joint mobility and reduce pain.

Consult with a doctor before starting any new exercise program if you have RA, OA, or any other medical condition.

**Exercise for Arthritis week starts on 15th May!

You get: 5 classes over the course of the week that are designed especially for people with arthritis

Classes are LIVE and RECORDED and will be housed on my website with anytime access:

Recording available when you sign up - Pilates for Arthritis – 30 minute class

Monday 15th May 9.30am Pilates Joint Mobiliser – 30 minute class

Tuesday 16th May 9.30am Lift IIT – low impact fitness intervals – 30 minute class

Thursday 18th May 9.30am Pilates for Arthritis 2 – 30 minute class

Bonus – Mobility for Arthritis – 15 minute class

Recordings available, with unlimited access, for all classes so you don’t HAVE to join me live if it’s not convenient.

£20, reduced to £15 if you sign up by Friday 12th May at 11pm.

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